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The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill

Waterville Opera House 1 Common Street, Waterville

One of the most wildly loved films of the recent independent American Cinema — and of audiences at MIFF, who gave it their Award for Best film at the festival when it debuted in 2004 — The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill is the true story of a Bohemian St. Francis and his remarkable relationship […]

$5

The Nutcracker

Waterville Opera House 1 Common Street, Waterville

The holidays would not be complete without a visit to the magical world of The Nutcracker. Each performance brings toy soldiers, dancing mice, and the Land of Sweets! Children of all ages will delight in Tchaikovsky’s perennial favorite produced by Bossov Ballet Theatre from Pittsfield, Maine.  Join us for this event and start — or […]

$20

Pihcintu Choir in Concert

Waterville Opera House 1 Common Street, Waterville

Welcoming immigrant children from around the globe, The Pihcintu Mulitcultural Chorus helps restart young lives. War-torn villages, bloodshed, refugee camps, famine, and political turmoil were devastating realities for many of these young singers before being embraced by the warmth, companionship, and harmony that Pihcintu provides. The power of survival eases but never erases the memory […]

$13

National Theatre’s Hamlet

Waterville Opera House 1 Common Street, Waterville

Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock, The Imitation Game, Frankenstein at the National Theatre) takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy. Directed by Lyndsey Turner (Posh, Chimerica) and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, National Theatre Live will broadcast this eagerly awaited production live. As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself […]

$13

The Bolshoi Ballet: Jewels

Waterville Opera House 1 Common Street, Waterville

Music: Gabriel Fauré (“Emeralds”), Igor Stravinsky (“Rubies”), Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (“Diamonds”) Choreography: George Balanchine This opulent triptych was inspired by Balanchine’s visit to the famous jeweler Van Cleef & Arpels on New York’s Fifth Avenue, celebrating the cities and dance schools of Paris, New York and St. Petersburg, each bound to its own precious stone. […]

$13

The Met: Lulu

Waterville Opera House 1 Common Street, Waterville

Acclaimed artist and director William Kentridge (The Nose) applies his unique theatrical vision to Berg’s notorious femme fatale who shatters lives, including her own. Musically, the masterful score is in the sure hands of Met Music Director James Levine. Soprano Marlis Petersen has excited audiences around the world with her portrayal of the tour-de-force title […]

$15

Paper Tigers

Waterville Opera House 1 Common Street, Waterville

Waterville Senior High School presents an American Education Week screening of Paper Tigers followed by a panel discussion. Paper Tigers is an intimate look into the lives of selected students at Lincoln High School, an alternative school that specializes in educating traumatized youth. Set amidst the rural community of Walla Walla, WA, the film intimately examines the […]

Free

Aguirre: The Wrath Of God

Waterville Opera House 1 Common Street, Waterville

Werner Herzog's Aguirre: The Wrath Of God looks more magnificent and mad than ever, one of the great folies de grandeur of 1970s cinema, an expeditionary Conradian nightmare like Coppola's Apocalypse Now. Just as for that film, the agonies of its production history have entered into legend, almost equivalent to the movie fiction itself. (Herzog's 1999 documentary […]

$5

The Capitol Steps

Waterville Opera House 1 Common Street, Waterville

The Capitol Steps have been a Washington, DC institution for over thirty years, providing a unique blend of musical and political comedy to our Nation's Capitol and more.  Each show consists of tasteful lampooning guaranteed to leave both sides of the political spectrum laughing. The troupe started in 1981, when John McCain was only 63 […]

$30 – $45

Inland Hospital’s Tenth Anniversary Pops Concert

Waterville Opera House 1 Common Street, Waterville

For the last nine years, Inland Hospital in Waterville has held their signature event, an Annual Pops Concert as their gift to the community while raising necessary funds for an area of need within the hospital or at one of the 19 Inland Family Care practices in Kennebec/Somerset counties. The dynamic energy of the Portland […]

$20 – $50

The Metropolitan Opera: Tannhäuser

Waterville Opera House 1 Common Street, Waterville

James Levine conducts Wagner’s early masterpiece in its first return to the Met stage in more than a decade. Today’s leading Wagnerian tenor, Johan Botha, takes on the daunting title role of the young knight caught between true love and passion. Eva-Maria Westbroek is Elisabeth, adding another Wagner heroine to her Met repertoire after her […]

Modern Times

Waterville Opera House 1 Common Street, Waterville

Charlie Chaplin takes on the Industrial Age, which somehow seems not too different from the Technological Age, in what is absolutely his most riotously funny film, a masterpiece known to cause outright pain from laughing.  Made during the sound era, and using both sound and music extensively, yet resolutely refusing to incorporate dialog (completely unnecessary […]

$5

The Metropolitan Opera: Otello

Waterville Opera House 1 Common Street, Waterville

The Met season opens with Verdi’s masterful Otello, inspired by Shakespeare’s play and matching it in tragic intensity. Director Bartlett Sher probes the Moor’s dramatic downfall with an outstanding cast: tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko plays the doomed Otello; new soprano star Sonya Yoncheva sings Desdemona, Otello’s innocent wife and victim; and baritone Željko Lučić plays the […]

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The Rocky Horror Show

Waterville Opera House 1 Common Street, Waterville

October 23 – 25, October 30 – November 1 An outrageous musical comedy featuring a Transylvanian transvestite, a cryogenically preserved motor biker and Frankenstein's monster in Greek god form. This sexual parody of horror and science fiction films premiered onstage in London in 1973 and became the popular cult classic film, The Rocky Horror Picture […]

$21

Bob Marley

Waterville Opera House 1 Common Street, Waterville

With shows at 7:00 and 9:00 p.m., Maine's own "wicked funny" comedian makes his annual appearances at the Opera House! Tickets: $25

$25

The Bolshoi Ballet: Giselle

Waterville Opera House 1 Common Street, Waterville

Music: Adolphe Adam Choreography: Yuri Grigorovich The young peasant girl Giselle dies when she learns that the man she loves, Albrecht, has betrayed her. Against her own will, she joins the wilis, vengeful spirits who now turn against Albrecht and condemn him to dance until he dies of exhaustion. This treasure of romantic ballet is […]

The Metropolitan Opera: Il Trovatore

Waterville Opera House 1 Common Street, Waterville

Soprano Anna Netrebko’s dramatic and vocal skills are on full display in her next new role at the Met, Leonora, the Verdi heroine who sacrifices her own life for the love of the gypsy troubadour. Tenor Yonghoon Lee sings the ill-fated Manrico, baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky is his rival, and mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick is the mysterious […]

National Theatre: Behind the Beautiful Forevers

Waterville Opera House 1 Common Street, Waterville

Katherine Boo spent three years in Annawadi recording the lives of its residents. From her uncompromising Beyond the Beautiful Forevers, winner of the National Book Award for Non-Fiction 2012, David Hare has fashioned a tumultuous play on an epic scale. India is surging with global ambition. But beyond the luxury hotels surrounding Mumbai airport lies […]

Free

Kevin Libby in Concert: An Album Release Event

Waterville Opera House 1 Common Street, Waterville

After an 18-year hiatus of reflecting and writing new works, Kevin Libby of Belfast, Maine is now embarking on his Free Man Yet tour starting with an album release party at the Waterville Opera House.  This show is being hosted by the Waterville Opera House in conjunction with Waterville Creates! celebration of Maine Craft Weekend. According to […]

PechaKucha Night Waterville, Vol.18

Waterville Opera House 1 Common Street, Waterville

PechaKucha Night (PKN WTVL) Waterville is a fun, creative networking event for the entire community featuring diverse presenters faced with the same dynamic challenge: telling a compelling story in 20x20, i.e. 20 slides at 20 seconds per slide. Creatively converging with Maine Craft Weekend, PKN WTVL Vol. 18 will immediately following the Opening Reception for […]

Free

The Beaux Stratagem

Waterville Opera House 1 Common Street, Waterville

In this live broadcast from London's National Theatre, Simon Godwin (Man and Superman) directs George Farquhar's wild comedy of love and cash. The "Beaux" are Mr. Aimwell and Mr. Archer, two charming, dissolute young men who have blown their fortunes in giddy London. Shamed and debt-ridden, they flee to provincial Lichfield. Their "Stratagem": to marry […]

$15

The 39 Steps

Waterville Opera House 1 Common Street, Waterville

Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have The 39 Steps, a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre! This 2-time Tony® and Drama Desk Award-winning treat is packed with nonstop laughs, over 150 zany characters (played by a ridiculously talented cast […]

$20

Two Cent Talks: Carolyn Chute

Waterville Opera House 1 Common Street, Waterville

Renowned Maine author Carolyn Chute will kick off a new literary series, Two Cent Talks, at the Waterville Opera House, at 7 p.m. Sept. 17 by reading from her latest novel, Treat Us Like Dogs and We Will Become Wolves, which won the PEN New England Award. Chute is the author of The School on […]

Free

Jo Dee Messina In Concert

Waterville Opera House 1 Common Street, Waterville

With its title ME chosen by fans, Jo Dee's newest album, released March 18, 2014, marks her most personal album to date. Jo Dee wrote, or co-wrote, many of the songs on the album and will release ME on her own newly established label, Dreambound Records. For the first time in her career, Jo Dee […]

$35 – $55
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The Sleeping Beauty

Waterville Opera House 1 Common Street, Waterville

Bossov Ballet Theatre brings the beloved fairytale of Sleeping Beauty to life on the Waterville Opera House stage.  This enchanting ballet tells the story of Princess Aurora who, bewitched by the evil fairy Carabosse and placed in a deep, protective sleep by the kind Lilac Fairy, is awakened by her brave prince. With music by […]

$15
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